Most children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) will have their needs met in local mainstream settings. These educational settings should try to meet the needs of these children and young people.
Some children and young people may not make expected progress, despite these efforts to identify, assess and meet the special educational need. In these cases, schools or parents should consider requesting an EHCNA.
This assessment involves a process of gathering information from the relevant people or agencies, including the views, interests and aspirations of the parents and child or young person.
The needs assessment will help to determine whether we need to make additional provision through an EHC Plan. These plans replace statements of SEN and Learning Difficulty Assessments (LDAs) for children and young people with the most complex needs, from birth up to the age 25.
Department of Education explaining EHC Plans
When deciding whether to issue an EHC Plan the local authority will take into account whether the needs of the child or young person can reasonably be met from resources normally available to settings.
We have worked with schools to publish their SEN information report. This should describe the provision available to help children with SEND in their schools.
An EHC Plan will include:
An EHCNA will not always lead to an EHC Plan. However it may help to decide how the education setting can meet the child or young person’s needs without an EHC Plan.
It should not take more than 20 weeks from requesting an assessment to a final EHC Plan being issued.
If you would like more information about this process, please contact the SEND team on 01952 385399.
EHC Assessment Panel:
New guidance and EHC assessment form, to support educational settings when requesting an EHC needs assessment, has been published in September 2017
It has been produced in light of training that was delivered to settings by the local authority during the 16/17 academic year from which concerns were raised that the current EHCNA request form used by settings and professionals in Telford and Wrekin was not fit for purpose and was not aligned to the focus on delivering a high quality graduated approach.
The new EHC assessment form, and associated guidance, will be piloted during the 17/18 Autumn Term. During this time settings will be asked to complete an evaluation so that we know what works, what we need to change and what else may need clarifying.
It is highly recommended that all settings use the pilot EHC needs assessment form to make a request. It has been designed so that professionals are better able to evidence a graduated approach which is a key element of the criteria used by the local authority to decide on how to proceed.
The Local Authority will continue to accept requests using the previous EHCNA request form until Friday 27th October 2017. Any request received using the old proforma after that date will be returned and settings will be asked to use the pilot EHC assessment form.
To help us gather as much information as possible please can you complete the parental request form, however if you do not wish to do so you can write to our SEND team to formally request an education, health and care needs assessment. Contact details are here
Have you had an Education Health and Care Plan since September 2014? If so please let us know your experience during the Assessment process by completing this short survey.
Further information and downloadable documents: